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Ted Simmons Atlanta Braves

Nice essay, as always, by Joe Poz. The takeaway being: Marvin Miller belongs on Mount Rushmore, which in the baseball world is located in Cooperstown.

I'd still like to know who the four are who think otherwise.

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Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals

Revenues continue to grow. The luxury tax is hampering spending significantly.  Extremely profitable teams crying poor should be embarrassed.  Salaries should rise with profits.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed

It's hard to knock bad deals when they're rewarding a guy for what he's done for the franchise.  Good for Strasburg, and the Nats.

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Ted Simmons Atlanta Braves

Posnanski: Marvin Miller is once again on the Hall of Fame ballot. What’s the right thing to do here? ... my favorite writer (by far) wrestles with how to honor Marvin Miller's very clear wish to NOT be in the HoF ...

Howard Lynch LynchMob

Seriously, Howard? If any of the four used that as their excuse for not voting for Miller, I wouldn't believe them.

As for Simmons, Ron Darling may have tipped the scales with his quote in the Times (assuming the vote was yesterday). "Keith always talks about how valuable he was, and I always think catchers should be in a different category. They should take someone in the outfield, a great player, and make him squat for one year for every pitch -- and then see what kind of year he has."

But I'm with Kent. Small hall guy.

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Keon Broxton Milwaukee Brewers

Needs an update to Brewers (signed a MiL w/ITST).

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Ted Simmons Atlanta Braves

I think they should stop putting in players who went through the normal process, but then I'm a "small hall guy."

Never in my years of watching Simmons did I think, wow -- a hall-of-famer. Bench, Munson -- sure.

Simmons to me is Mark Grace or Bill Buckner. Fun, good hitters, but a cut short of the hall.

Kent Ostby Seadogs

Keep in mind that someone may have not voted for Miller simply to honor HIS wish!

Howard Lynch LynchMob

So that leaves three more. I'd be very disappointed if Sandy Alderson was one of them.

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Bobby Jenks Boston Red Sox

The concept of surgeons doing multiple surgeries at the same time is horrifying and should be banned. The "business" of health care at its worst.

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Ted Simmons Atlanta Braves

I'd bet the farm that David Glass is on that list, Alex.

Tim McLeod tlmcleod

I'd love to know who didn't vote for Marvin MIller. Here's the end of the article Howard links to:

In addition to the aforementioned players, the Modern Baseball Era voting panel included veteran executives Sandy Alderson, Dave Dombrowski, David Glass, Walt Jocketty, Doug Melvin and Terry Ryan and veteran media members/historians Bill Center, Steve Hirdt, Jack O’Connell and Tracy Ringolsby. The Modern Baseball Era considers candidates whose contributions were most prominent from 1970-87.

Alex Patton Alex

At last! And even so, unbelievably, Ted Simmons got one more vote.

https://www.mlb.com/news/hall-of-fame-modern-baseball-era-announcement

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Ted Simmons Atlanta Braves

And Marvin Miller made it. There will be lots and lots and lots written about that today. For starters, the heroes seem to be...

Miller had earned just seven of the 12 votes needed for election during the last Modern Baseball Era ballot in 2017. But this year’s panel, which included six Hall of Fame players (George Brett, Rod Carew, Dennis Eckersley, Eddie Murray, Ozzie Smith and Robin Yount) who were part of the 1981 players strike orchestrated by Miller, proved more favorable for him.

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Phil Hughes Minnesota Twins

Someone wrote a player comment for the upcoming Guide about a scrubby reliever who walked as many as he gave up homers. That seemed like an unlikely accomplishment, but it turns out it's been done 222 times in the roto era (since 1980). 

Phillip Hughes had the most strikeouts of anyone the season he did it in 2014. You can see the whole list here by clicking.

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Ted Simmons Atlanta Braves

HOF ... he was one of my favorites.

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Javier Baez Chicago Cubs

With a couple of years arbitration still left, I guess Baez shouldn't be expecting that big contract just yet.

It looks like for the next year Ricketts priority money-wise is bringing in more for Trump's campaign coffers.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Bobby Jenks Boston Red Sox

Baseball scar tissue ... must read

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Omar Narvaez Milwaukee Brewers

Omar's salary this year $581,200.

So, no, I don't get this trade.

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Cal Raleigh Seattle Mariners

Part of the rationale for trading Omar Narvaez: 

“We were fortunate in 2019 to develop really good depth at the catcher spot, with Omar, Tom Murphy and Austin Nola at the big league level, and Cal Raleigh rising quickly in our minor league system,” Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto said. “That depth allowed us to make a move today that we think will pay long-term dividends to us, while not impacting us in the short term.”

apnews.com/MLB

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